For more than 20 years, Northwestern University has provided postdoctoral interdisciplinary training in cardiovascular prevention research. The Program is funded by a National Institutes of Health Training Grant (T32) and is directed by Mercedes Carnethon, PhD and co-directed by Philip Greenland, MD. The Program is based in Northwestern’s Feinberg School of Medicine in downtown Chicago. The faculty are from multiple departments but the core faculty are based in the Department of Preventive Medicine, chaired by Donald Lloyd-Jones, MD, ScM. The centerpiece of the fellowship program is mentored cardiovascular research. Strong connections to clinical departments, especially to the Division of Cardiology in Department of Medicine, are longstanding and featured attributes of the Program.
Distinguished physician/scientists and basic scientists who have successfully mentored junior colleagues in the past have been identified throughout the School of Medicine and across Chicago to serve as mentors for this training program. Mentors are nationally recognized experts in their fields and have a broad range of interests including cardiovascular disease risk estimation, health services research, global CVD, molecular epidemiology, and genetic epidemiology.
In order to enhance the research experience, each trainee has at least two mentors including a primary and secondary mentor. Under the supervision of their mentors, trainees are expected to gain hands-on experience in the design, conduct, and analysis of CVD epidemiologic or prevention research. Fellows are expected to generate research leading to presentations and publications in peer-reviewed journals. Grant applications are encouraged as well.